Haunted by a series of horrifying and violent episodes in their past, Grace McBride and the oddball crew of her software company, Monkeewrench, create a computer game where the killer is always caught, where the good guys always win. But their game becomes a nightmare when someone starts duplicating the fictional murders in real life, down to the last detail.
By the time the police realize what’s happening, three people are dead, and with seventeen more murder scenarios available online, there are seventeen more potential victims. While the authorities scramble to find the killer in a city paralyzed by fear, the Monkeewrench staff are playing their own game, analyzing victim profiles in a frantic attempt to discover the murderer’s next target.
In a thriller populated by characters both hilarious and heartbreaking, a rural Wisconsin sheriff, two Minneapolis police detectives, and Grace’s gang are caught in a web of decades-old secrets that could get them all killed.
Monkeewrench was also released as Want to Play?
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The Barnes & Noble Review
An intricately plotted, edge-of-your-seat page-turner with memorable characters and dialogue so sharp it makes you want to read it aloud, this remarkable debut thriller is the story of two sets of murders connected by unimaginable secrets. In a small town in Wisconsin, a narrow-minded elderly couple is murdered execution-style in a local church. Evidence is scarce—and what little there is raises even more questions. Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, the software design company Monkeewrench has just introduced a new game that's nothing like the educational software and children's games it's produced in the past. "Serial Killer Detective" is bigger, bolder...and bloodier—and, the design team soon realizes, someone's inspiration for a series of very real murders based on the game. With a menu of 20 death scenarios already programmed into the game for the killer to emulate—and public fears mounting even faster than the bodies -- the police must work fast to stop the software's real-life replication. Mother-daughter writing team P. J. Tracy have crafted a wild, enthralling first novel that will leave you eager for their next endeavor. Sue Stone